With all due respect to Jarkko Ruutu, Ottawa has no finish. Making matter worse, the Senators ran into a hot goalie. They did everything they could to win this game but score, and that’s kind of important in the game of hockey. They skated circles around the Ducks for most of the night, running up a 40-27 shots advantage against a team that was playing its third game in four nights. It wasn’t enough. After ceding a 1-0 lead late in the second period, Anaheim put the game away in the shootout.
Jonas Hiller, Ducks
Make no mistake — Anaheim should have lost this game. If not for Hiller’s heroics, it might have been 4-1 or 5-1 for the Senators. Like all great goaltenders do from time-to-time, however, he stood on his head and sent his teammates to the charter a happy bunch.
Brian Elliott, Senators
It’s a shame anyone had to wind up in this spot, considering how hard both teams played. Elliott gets the negative nod, though, thanks to his 4-9 career shootout mark. A shot to his glove side in the post-game talent contest is pretty much a guaranteed goal. Bobby Ryan found the sweet spot to give his team the win.
Mike Fisher almost played the hero Tuesday night, tying the game in regulation and almost winning it at the end. Hiller was almost unbeatable — almost. Fisher did get the puck by him in the shootout, but clanged it hard off the post and bounced back out. That would have given the Senators their first lead of the night and might have turned things around. Instead, they picked up their ninth loss in the last 10 games.
- 27: Shots by the Senators before they scored their first goal.
- 5: Consecutive losses at home for the Senators.
- 1: Assist for the hard-working Milan Michalek — arguably Ottawa’s best player.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
If you only heard Corey Perry scored in this game, it’s worth looking for a highlight on YouTube. He put the Ducks on the board with a goal-of-the-year candidate. The play started when Perry picked up a loose rebound and — despite laying almost flat on the ice after getting tackled by Erik Karlsson — managed to get enough lift on the puck to scoop it over a prone Brian Elliott.
If there was a heavyweight title belt in the NHL, it just might be wrapped around Matt Carkner’s waist right now. After doing serious damage to Pittsburgh’s Eric Godard (broken nose) and New York’s Derek Boogaard (concussion) in recent weeks, he nearly punched the goofy moustache right off of Ducks tough guy George Parros’s face with a hard right in the first period.